Gregg C. Lund, DO; David W. Green, MD; Neel B. Ackerman Jr., MD
To the Editors: Reagan and colleagues (1) have described a method to eliminate Staphylococcus aureus nasal and hand carriage. Although it appears that decreasing S. aureus colonization is associated with a decreased incidence of S. aureus infections in patients on dialysis (2, 3), this phenomenon has not been well documented for a more general hospital population. Further, it would appear that factors other than specific patient population may effect this relation. For example, Muder and colleagues (4) found that the association between colonization and infection was significant only for methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), and not for methicillin-sensitive S. aureus. In
Lund GC, Green DW, Ackerman NB. Elimination of Staphylococcus aureus Carriage. Ann Intern Med. ;114:990–991. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-11-990
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(11):990-991.
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